Tom Hiddleston goes solo at the BAFTAs: is he still your favorite?


Tom Hiddleston was a presenter at last night’s BAFTAs. He wore Alexander McQueen SS15. Attractive. I’m not crazy about his hair these days, but I can live with it. I have to say, just judging from the red carpet photos and the red carpet live stream I watched, Hiddles didn’t seem to have the WHOA impact of Benedict Cumberbatch. But then again, Hiddles was just a presenter and Hiddles has been MIA for much of the past year. I’m sure it will be different when Hiddles is at the BAFTAs next year as a nominee (??). Anyway, he did get cute when he talked about Marvel and bringing Loki back:

Very cute. I’m pretty sure Hiddles came to the event without a date as well. Whatever was or was not happening with whatever woman is probably over because Hiddles works too much. So Hiddles got to hang out with friends and party like a bro. He even got to spend time with Mark Ruffalo!


Arch enemies, best friends.

A photo posted by Mark Ruffalo (@markruffalo) on

And I’m also including some photos of some of the other hot guys at the event, like Luke Evans, Ethan Hawke, Henry Cavill, Ralph Fiennes, David Beckham and Mark Strong.




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  1. Sixer says:

    Not really. His hair has gone all wonkly. And the legs weren’t made enough of a feature.

    And why is it that these multi-million earning actors can’t read off an autocue? Tommy fluffed his bit but at least he wasn’t Henry Cavill. The only one who sounded in the least bit natural was Martin Freeman.

    I sulked most of the night due to lack of love for Pride and Mr Turner. And Keaton wuz robbed!

    • 'P'enny says:

      they were not allowed to do 100 takes?

    • Lilacflowers says:

      From now on, his legs must feature prominently in all photos. I agree about the hair. He needs to leave it alone for a while.

      Pride was robbed.

    • TotallyBiased says:

      Hangon, Pride wasn’t entirely shut out–wasn’t that the point of the award Hiddles and Mark Strong presented??? (And they had some tough competition there)

    • icerose says:

      I think the Bafta’s have always been open to bit of improvisation and generally come across as more relaxed.He was as fine to me as ever..
      I was glad for that award but hoping for something for Imelda Staunton and even best UK picture . I loved Imelda’s dress as well-so unique and suited her so well

      • Anne tommy says:

        Agree icerose, Pride was a smashing film, great performances, Imelda’s among them, and she looked lovely. She is tiny so not always easy to look elegant but she managed it. I assume a question about the loveliness of Tom must be rhetorical.

    • TotallyBiased says:

      BTW, Sixer–did you miss those well-featured legs as he and Mark Strong strode so manfully out to the podium. Takes hard alcohol to get me through multiple viewings of that. So here I am, days later, with the mouse in one hand and a Pervy Tombanger in the other. At least, I *think* that’s what it is. MtnRunner! Pixie! What the heck have you given me here, anyway?

      • MtnRunner says:

        TB if that’s the old batch, I have no idea. I was drunk when i dumped the ingredients in. Be careful with that juice, it’ll put hair on yer chest.

  2. Altariel says:

    Yes, he’s still my favorite. 🙂

  3. 'P'enny says:

    I didn’t watch it, I am not a fan of award ceremonies but i did notice that the BBC tweeted that Tom got a big roar from the crowd. But, you’re right he wont have the woah factor of Ben or Eddy this year. But, he is still my favourite.

    He seemed to be bouncy on the stills and that he went to the after party with Benny, and Marvel alumns Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo.

    I love the comment with zoe ball about Loki, he seems quite proud that Loki is sitting on the throne. There is a glint in his eye when he was talking him and his schedule. Hiddles has a chocker timetable travelling the world this year. No room for theatre this year or next by the sound of it.

  4. serena says:

    Oh my god, the photo of Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddlestone made my heart melt. I just love these two!!!

  5. Miss M says:

    Happy birthday to us, King Dragonfly!

  6. Joanne_S says:

    Aw, IMDb just told me it’s his birthday today! Happy birthday, Hiddles!!!

    My god,look at these photos. The guy’s adorable.
    Someone hold me…

  7. Mispronounced Name Dropper says:

    Oh look they’re all wearing the same tuxedos. I think the women should all wear tuxedos one year to protest the double standard.

  8. AG-UK says:

    What’s up with Cavill’s bow tie.. Love Ralph and Hiddles looks just fine to me. Beckham looks good but can’t take him talking.

  9. Hautie says:

    Okay, who is the bald guy… wearing the hell out of his tuxedo? (in the small pictures below)

  10. Crocuta says:

    What’s up with Cavill? Did he gain a lot of weight or is that just a really bad angle?

  11. 'P'enny says:

    as for bringing a date… 😉

    he sat next to Luke Evans. I have a real crush on Luke Evans I think he is so gorgeous.

    ‘that woman…’ lol I got a feeling he is in a bit of on-off relationship they haven’t been spotting, but she’s not really noticeable. Seriously, both of them could be turning the town red and no one would know.

    As for Henry Cavill, good god he has put a ton of weight on. I guess his superman muscles are flopping.

    • Kate says:

      Is he not allowed to put on weight?

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Agreed. typical dating behavior like going out to dinner, watching movies at home, attending parties at a friend’s house is not going to be picked up by any media outlets. Nobody knows anything about any of his relationships with anyone.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Don’t forget the backpacking and trail running dates out in the wilderness, where we have absolute privacy. We’ve got our illicit affair well hidden.

      • 'P'enny says:

        with all that running, doesn’t it take the energy needed for doing ‘other’ things?

      • MtnRunner says:

        P’enny, “running” is a relative term. When you’re out in the mountains, you do more trotting and power hiking to preserve energy.

        With all the privacy afforded to us in the wilderness, we stop at various times to do what comes “naturally” among the beauty of our surroundings. So you see, we find ways of working those special moments into our day.

    • OhDear says:

      Re: Cavill – think it’s more of an awkward angle than anything else. In other photos he looks less bulky.

    • icerose says:

      Luke looked gorgeous and glad he and Tom were seated together-they seem to get on well.

  12. Kate says:

    Happy Birthday, Tom.
    He looks great. I’m thrilled he’s been working so much and that 2015 will be quite a year for him, professionally.
    Hope when he finds someone to share the red carpet with that she is a STUNNER.

    Also, that man has legs for miles. Yum.

    • 'P'enny says:

      why does she have to be a stunner? is he not allowed to date an ugly woman? I am getting a bit fat, past it and in need of lipo? and your putting me off from walking down the red carpet with him.

  13. koko says:

    I believe he’s probably just casually dating. In that case, go solo. He may have arrived that way but left another. And yes, he’s still my favorite but all the men looked sharp last night. Baftas for everyone.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      My magic 8 ball tells me that he is going to keep his private life on lockdown. Who can blame him? When the fan girls name even the paper mache statue in your living room “Fernando,” and speculate on it real purpose, maybe it’s best to not take any chances.

      This, and I think that Hiddles is very much work first by nature. I think he had always been that way. Sweet guy, but I don’t think he is romantic.

      • MtnRunner says:

        They named a statue Fernando? Oh my, no wonder he’s never seen out on a public date with anyone anymore. It’s partly his fault for tweeting from his home and letting them see the decor. Hopefully, he’s learned his lesson from being so open with fans on social media.

        I suspect he’s got an active dating/sex life, but not getting serious with anyone right now. He seems very focused on his career and establishing himself as a serious, well-rounded actor and distancing himself from Loki.

        Whenever he decides to settle down with someone special, I just hope it won’t get mixed in with an Oscar campaign. I’ll be feeling sorry for the woman if that happens.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Fernando? I don’t even want to know. Anyone naming somebody else’s statues, sight actually unseen, has too much time on her hands.

      • Ava says:

        Yes, and they all assume the man kept all the original items from an old online real estate website. People do get their own furniture after buying a home. They also redecorate. In any case….Lord how creepy……invested much

      • Lilacflowers says:

        They definitely get their own artwork.

      • koko says:

        Well as usual I’m out of the loop on “Fernando”. Are these the same people who think he’s hiding a wedding ring? Really…really…invested way to much.

      • icerose says:

        if you buy a house that was owned by a well known artist of in situ work and you like it -you keep it-it is partly what makes a property unique.Either way it is down to taste not rights or wrongs

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I suspect CB regulars all know about this famous Tumblr blog where “Fernando” has taken on a life of his own. 🙂

        Fwiw, as someone upthread notes, he has taken pictures, videos, and selfies from inside his home, and people have taken note that it seems to have all of the same furnishings and artwork. Nothing wrong with that. He is a busy guy.

        Still, if he is having second thoughts about the dubious value of “fame” I can hardly blame him.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I haven’t looked at Tumblr for ages so no clue what’s going on there. The lunacy and cluelessness about life’s basics was too much for me. They could have him raising Clydesdales in his kitchen for all I know. From the selfies and videos he has done, I know he has a microwave, a striped oven mitt, a coffee maker and his garden needs some work but he wasn’t there to do it. People don’t always completely remodel a dwelling once they move in. Some take awhile to figure out what they really want.

      • Ava says:

        @ lilacflowers I am with you I have only seem a back yard and kitchen pictures. If you all have bedroom pictures DO SHARE Lol……. The point is who cares? We have no idea. He could have new furniture weekly. I bought I home and got none of the original furniture from the previous owner. The thing that scares me are the creepy “I saw a decorating truck outside his house” people… Also tumblr can be scary.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Ava, and for most guys, so long as the TV and sound systems work; they have a remote and a comfy place to sit; and a place to sleep, they aren’t really all that concerned with decorating. This is a man who appears to own only five articles of clothing; choosing upholstery swatches and paint colors was probably not high on his list of things to do.

      • Anne tommy says:

        Lilacflowers, love the idea of Clydesdales in his kitchen, Tom and I will plait their manes and tails and ride off together into the sunset… ( must cut down on the post-work G & Ts…)

      • MtnRunner says:

        Lilac, don’t forget the iron in the window that we saw in the tongue twister video. I find it funny to think he does his own ironing. Didn’t he say his mom did his laundry a while back?

        Your point on decorating is spot on. With the exception of the gay men I know, they are only concerned with having alcohol on hand and good TV and sound system.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Anne Tommy, I can’t get to work because there’s 20 feet of snow on my front steps and work has been cancelled like, forever, so I’ll pour myself some vodka & tonics and drink for you. What color ribbons will the Clydesdales be wearing?

        @MtnRunner, I doubt Diana is still doing laundry for her 34 year old son. I suspect he got a few instructions on how to use the equipment, and, after a few experiences of red items turning his underwear pink, he probably learned the basics.

      • Anne tommy says:

        I think the ribbons would have to be red white and blue for a Brit Lilacflowers…

      • jammypants says:

        Isn’t Fassbender worse than him? When he was 34, I recall reading an interview where he had boxes in his house. He couldn’t unpack them because he was so busy, bless him.

        I love that Hiddles keeps things simple. Makes him endearing.

      • MtnRunner says:

        “The lunacy and cluelessness about life’s basics…”

        Lilac, that was my impression the first time I went on Tumblr and saw the Hiddles/Cumby fawning going on there. Twitter and Instagram were a similar turnoff in that respect (great for following adventure runners though!). I’m sure there are intelligent discussions happening in certain corners, but I only look at “Torilla” since that one gives me nice event pictures and zero squee.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @AnneTommy, those horses would look so festive in those colors. Go for it!

        @Jammypants, I still have boxes of stuff from my last job unpacked in my spare room – a job I left five years ago. Guess I need Tom to come sort and clean for me to keep me away from the Fassy dark side.

        @MtnRunner, the cringe-worthy gushing was one thing; but seeing some clueless wonders actually argue about real workplace basics like they didn’t exist just caused me to roll my eyes and give up on it even for the entertainment value.

  14. Freshmeat says:

    Yes, Tom looks fantastic. As far as no date, better to come alone that bring a fake date. As he was quoted “until he has something to write home about, he’ll let us know”. So better stick true to yourself that play that game. Plus as mentioned he’s going to be busy and problably won’t have the proper time this year for a really honest relationship. He continues to come across a real romantic. So it would be a shame to see him end up like BC. Quick side note the pics of those to buddies at the baftas had BC looking so happy. Shame he can’t look like that with SH at all.

  15. Sarre says:

    I love the pic of Ralph but a large one of him looking dapper would have been nice too.

  16. scout says:

    Not much of a fan of Hiddles but I am thinking how lucky men are. All they have to do is choose a black suit, walk out and enjoy the party while women have go through hell!

    • Josa says:

      I’m a fan of Hiddles. But I agree men are lucky, they wear shirt and suit in 5 degree weather, women wear gowns that cover none of their limbs.

    • Isadora says:

      I guess it depends on the woman. I doubt Tilda Swinton goes through hell for a dress. 😉 And yes, tuxes are more flattering than most women’s dresses, but they can still make you … look like Henry Cavill. And they are warmer which is great in winter and hell in summer.

  17. MtnRunner says:

    I am just happy to see him out and about, looking happy. The hair isn’t his best, but as I’ve said when ladies worry about his hairline: My love transcends follicles. I was giggling at his constant hiking up of his pants. He has yet to fill out his old suit. He’s still my favorite Brit, yep.

  18. Lilacflowers says:

    He looked good. No, the sight of Cumberbatch was NOT a “whoa” moment for me. Never has been, never will be, and I don’t understand why they constantly have to be compared

    Tom seemed to be having lots of fun at the parties later with his Marvel crew and playing saxophone with the band.

    My other husband Chris Evans looked good too. He was here Friday so he must have flown over Saturday.

  19. Ginger says:

    Happy Birthday to Tommy! I hope there will be dancing 🙂

  20. Ava says:

    Still my fav….looking good! Big year ahead for him!

  21. Diana B says:

    Yes he is. I preffer him over lizzard face forever and ever. He is adorable and hot. I rest my case.

  22. TotallyBiased says:

    Were we watching the same red carpet? The Guardian had this cute observation: “The arrival of Tom Hiddleston on any kind of carpet, be it red, shagpile or some offcuts discarded outside of CarpetRight, sets Twitter ablaze with lust”
    The interviewing women turned into fangirls the minute he stepped away; the off-camera comments were priceless. You could tell exactly where he was on the red carpet by the roar of screaming. A number of articles cited his rc interview as a highlight–must have been the cute Eddie Redmayne story 😉

    I’m also disappointed we don’t get more afterparty pictures–the BAFTA-winning Lego Movie screenwriter took and tweeted the sax-playing shots, so they should have been fair game. But also the Weinstein and Co afterparty, where Hiddlesbatch stoodcloser and smilier together than we’ve ever seen BC w/Comet Sophie.

    I’m not sure he particularly wanted to tell the Nichilas Nickleby debut anecdote–he generally has no difficulty telling such tales quite smoothly–and the ‘thank Thor for that’ is only funny if one heard Fry’s intro to the pair, which ran on w/Thor and lispy ‘th’ jokes a bit. ThorHorse, anyone?
    Anyway, we may have burned off our Dragonfly frenzy in the previous thread. Lotsa links there, including to his OTHER rc BBC interview, which is quite entertaining.

    • 'P'enny says:

      Stephen fry isn’t funny any more, time to hand it over to someone like Eddy Izzard.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Eddy Issard for all the things.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        And why autocorrect changed “Izzard” to “Issard” is anybody’s guess.

      • Crocuta says:

        I adore Eddie Izzard, I’ve seen most of his films and shows and even went to see him live twice and I think he’s sexy as ***. But no, don’t let him host any more award shows. He did one once (25th Independent Spirit Awards) and it was NOT good. His type of rambling humour doesn’t work in hosting.

    • Ava says:

      He does have the charm…..loads of it. Enough to turn anyone into a fan girl or fan boy. Lol

    • Allegra says:

      @ TotallyBiased:

      Yes, you and i were we watching the same red carpet because I heard lots of people calling Tom’ name. He was charming, friendly and eloquent. His fans(me too) were happy because they got lots of pics, smiles and interviews.

    • MtnRunner says:

      I loved that second RC interview and the lady’s reaction to him after he finished. She needed to fan herself, despite the cold weather:

  23. TotallyBiased says:

    Funny tweet from Empire:
    “Lots of people telling us it’s Tom Hiddleston’s birthday today. We know – we’ve been hiding inside this Tesseract-shaped cake for hours.”
    Surprised no mention of that above 😉 (The birthday, that is!)
    Or his and Mark Strong’s synchronized display of how to walk like a MAN.
    Finally, as ‘P’enny notes, there was someone in his plus-one seat–Luke Evans! (and oh how the rumours have already begun. 😀 )

    • 'P'enny says:

      problem is, Luke has a very sexy other half. Tomster has some competition there. 😉

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Point! But we do know there’s some Bromance affection there. (In as much as we can ever really know anything.)

      • 'P'enny says:

        apparently Ben Wheatley was there too, some High Rise shilling going on.

      • Allegra says:

        Yes, Luke is sexy, but we all know that he has a spanish boyfriend called Jon Kortajarena. Jon and Sienna Guillory were at HW’s BAFTA afterparty too.
        There is a pic with these two together on Dailymail.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        High-Rise doesn’t have a US distributor yet so it makes sense to send a full contingent to an industry event to drum up some interest.

      • Josa says:

        I heard Jeremy Iron was there too, haven’t seen any pic of him though. Luke Evans’ bf is real hot. Luke also went to the Nominee Party the day before. I thought only nominees are invited, I think maybe because of The Hobbits having a nomination and he’s part of the cast.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Let’s pray to the gods that Weinstein doesn’t pick up HR. I want Tom staying the hell away from that snake.

      • Isadora says:

        Ugh… HR and Weinstein.. pleaso no. In the end Harvey Scissorhands would maybe want to cut it down again, to make it “fit” for American audiences. What a shame.

    • Ava says:

      The luke part is just silly……eye roll. If the mans not secretly dating, secretly married or secretly having and affair with his statue….

      • 'P'enny says:

        its just a laugh, Ava, not real musing, people here have brains, unlike Toby-tumblr’s amoebas.

  24. nonnie says:

    He got his own fair amount of cheers…sure after the interview he pulls away from the camera and all that can be heard is Toms name. The interviewer even commented on it lol. I personally don’t mind the hair I prefer it longer than what it was a few months back.

  25. 'P'enny says:

    If Tommy ever goes mainstream by dating Jen Lawrence or a Kardashian the gossip-mags wont know what’s hit them.

    • tigerlily says:

      Oh please no! I hope he would never go near a fame-ho like a Kartrashian. I don’t like award shows but good on the BAFTAs for no Kartrashians, no Lohans etc. Bless them. And finally I think Tommy looked just fine. The hair is okay, the scruff reminiscent of Henry V(my fave Tommy performance) and the suit while a big looked fine. In all he looked scrumptious.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        He did indeed. And I doubt a Kardashian would be able to hold his attention for more than a day.

  26. Aww says:

    He needs to knock some lady up and get married already.

  27. esthetix says:

    Awful confession time, I love the photo of Tom fiddling with his trousers. Does things to me. There’s another one that Celebitchy uses a lot but I’m too lazy to find it right now.

  28. Wonderbunny says:

    Hiddles is adorable, but I can never take fellow Aquarians seriously 🙂 I would still love to spend time with him and get excited over all kinds of things.

    Ralph Fiennes, on the other hand, gives me the deep, dark, naughty vibes…

    • Aww says:

      @Wonderbunny “but I can never take fellow Aquarians seriously” – why what’s wrong with them?

      • Wonderbunny says:

        It would be all too “airy” for me, as I’m like that as well. Great for friendship and fun, but difficult for long-lasting romance, especially if there are two of those.

        I think that there has to be a balance. The airy and detached can go very well with someone who is fiery and passionate; the fiery one will bring some more passion into the relationship, whilst the airy one can bring some detached calmness, so that things don’t escalate.

        So there’s nothing wrong with us, per se. Depends what you’re looking for 🙂

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      Ralph Fiennes is on my list of Forever Dong.

    • icerose says:

      Ralf Fiennes was a bundle of fun in some of his photos-comedy work suits him

  29. I Choose Me says:

    I love him floofy hair and all. Oh and those hands make me quiver. Also, Mark Strong is rowr!

  30. browniecakes says:

    I hope all of TH’s efforts on I Saw The Light pay off with lots of award notice next year.

  31. NavelLinty says:

    He looks loads better than he did last week. Like he finally had a big dinner and a good night’s sleep. Even his hair looks well rested.

  32. Isadora says:

    Ah… Tom. Such a sweetheart. Such adoration from the female population. Such wonderful tux wearing.

    I think he seemed more relaxed than in a long time, great mood on the red carpet, lovely interviews, funny after party pics. I’m glad he’s having fun! And iirc he apologized for congratulating the winner (Pride). *lol*

    Oh, and can I have film (not just a car commercial) with Mark Strong and Tom? Pretty please?

    Btw, I was hoping to see some Andrew Scott among the “other hot guys” here, but alas, it seems he doesn’t get much love except from me. He looked dashing yesterday!

  33. Lilacflowers says:

    He has been busy on twitter today, thanking people for birthday wishes and UNICEF donations.

    • 'P'enny says:

      He does seem to be enjoying his break at the moment and touching base with fans again. Even the off fan is tweeting that they are received signed posters etc back.

      I don’t think we will ever see a return to tweeting philosophy-fiddles-hiddles [thanks safari for that one!] anyway, nice to see a bit of nice interaction even if the cynical side of me thinks that Tom Hiddleston was in the pub thinking,,, “mmm films needs audiences, four films comin’ out, OMG FOUR films!, i have four fecking films out this year! two i’m the lead, and the other a major ensemble. OMG!!! And, Hank Williams back catalogue [something] has just won a Grammy last night- Talk about timing, mystery recordings are found. Oh no! Nashvile now awaits me. ‘Gulp!’ oh and i have another two leads in pre-production. I’ll be leading to possible two Oscars winners into the jungle. ‘gulp’ and matching Hugh Laurie for snarls. [super gulp] And my Loki is on the throne up to mischief….and Marvel are waiting for me to get my mindset bad on. Oh shi$%£ , I better get my fan base back on board. 😉 ARRRGHHH

      • Isadora says:

        LOL Oh, the mental image!!! But yes, gulping Thomas better gets into promo mode. 😀

        But hey, he’s also (very gently) snarky Tom and I totally enjoy that. Yesterday he said to a fan who was asking for a photo “that’s the most original idea someone told me tonight!”

      • icerose says:

        and Bafta’s and Emmys for The Night Manager -that part is so meaty and intriguing

  34. Ava says:

    E! Has a nice article and happy birthday to Tom gifs. I like #9 “when he giggles you can actually here Angels being born”

  35. TotallyBiased says:

    Clark Gregg tweeted Tom a Happy Birthday:
    “Happy Birthday, O elegant and Badass one!”

  36. Florence says:

    I was a tom fan, never really been a benedict fan although I did enjoy season 2 of Sherlock but mostly because of Andrew Scott’s amazing Moriarty. Unfortunately, Tom doesn’t really seem to do it for me anymore. I still think Tom is probably a nice enough guy, and yeah he still has great legs but I’m just sick of all the famewhoreing this new lot of posh Brits do and I include eddie redmayne in this well.

    It’s appalling that they overshadow the likes of Timothy Spall who has had no recognition for the amazing Mr Turner. I think the likes of Tom, Eddie, Ben are just really very good at marketing themselves and come from backgrounds like our politicians do in England where they have the self confidence, belief and polish to be able to aggressively market themselves so it’s all starting to feel a bit stale and same old same old in terms of the current crop of relevant actors that we have. I think Tom Hardy is the exception to this – I don’t fancy him at all but he can sure hold your attention when he is on the screen! I just watched Locke recently and it’s basically just two hours of him sitting in a car and talking but I was mesmerised.

    I just hope we get some new Brit actors through that are as compelling as the likes of Spall, Fiennes, even Colin Firth etc.

    The French manage to make films with compelling actors/actresses and I don’t know anything about them or see them on red carpets or in selfies. It’s all just too much overexposure and try hard with the Brits

    • TotallyBiased says:

      Florence–why are you lumping Tom in with Eddie and Ben? (Although I personally find Eddie pretty darn talented, I get that shutting out Mr. Turner was an appalling thing to do, by both AMPAS and BAFTA) And if you’d bothered to watch the RC interviews (because it certainly doesn’t sound like you did) you’d notice that Tom Hiddleston was one of the VERY few to mention, specifically, that a VERY deserving Timothy Spall had been overlooked for a nomination.
      Sorry TH doesn’t do it for you anymore, but you can hardly call his activities for the last year famewhoring or excessive marketing. He’s worked very hard making movies which are hardly blockbusters, clearly labors of love (well, Crimson Peak has a studio behind it) and three very different characters. He contributes time and energy to support regional theatre (that traditional training ground for actors who aren’t ‘posh’ enough or fortunate enough scholarship-wise to attend the big schools) as well.
      As for your admired Mr. Hardy (next seen in his own blockbuster lead, rebooting the Mad Max series), he’s very talented, yes. He’s also an image, you know. His is just different. Here’s an interesting interview excerpt for you:

      “…But mostly we know that Hardy is huge because of the gaggle of LA publicists who flit solicitously around him all afternoon, and who instantly eject a serious French journalist from his room when she dares to ask him about his criminal past (at 15, he was arrested, famously, in a stolen Mercedes with a gun). He later confesses to me that he surreptitiously texted his publicist during that interview, “Get rid of this one! Get them out now!” But then he puts his sudden ascent into the wider context of a Hollywood story that’s somehow even bigger than him and requires his compliance. “It’s a very different system now, and I’m getting fast-tracked, and learning how it works.

      “My agents will say that this can keep going, and we can churn up interest, and keep pushing and campaigning, and go all the way, and there’s Oscars, and there’s red carpets, big productions and big movies. I can’t say no to that. So I’ve got to take this as far as this will go, and in the way that it’s going.”

      • icerose says:

        well replied @TotallyBiased .I like Tom Hardy but he still does his bit of PR. He also public School boy despite his troubled youth. I think all the actors mentioned Fiennes, Firth ,Benny ,Eddie ,Tom have the power to mesmerise given the right role, Eddie and Tom especially are still hunting those roles down but at least have managed to avoid typecasting so far, And where the idea comes from that Firth and Fiennes are not posh is ludicrous, The Fiennes are direct relations of Barons Saye and Sele who own a castle which is constantly used for filming and are known throughout Oxfordshire as one of the leading families.
        I think every one feels Spalls was overlooked and it may have been more to do with the industry’s love/hate relationship hip with that wonderful curmudgeon Mike Leigh. He is also well into his career whilst the young ones are trying to get established theirs . It always seems to me if an actor has a director/producer behind them who use then constantly like Spall/Leigh Cunham/Del Toro the path is a little easier for them.
        And lets face it American actors/actresses do as much if not more fame whoring or PR what ever you want to call it they just use different techniques. And even those that give the impression they are not doing it usually have people behind the scenes doing it for them

    • 'P'enny says:

      It’s interesting to point out about Brit actors fame whoring, but there are so many actors that come and go and there is no job security, earnings are a lot less than there American counterparts. The new generation are fighting for press coverage in a way Colin Firth and Ralph Fiennes never had to do. Think of all the thirty-something actors out there, fighting for fewer roles. A fan-base goes a long way and I don’t blame any of them for doing it, it’s part of the game. There are not many actors who’s career passes a ten year block at top before, people get bored and move onto the next big thing. All those 20 somethigns, are already there, Sam Claiflin, Nichlous Hoult, Harry Potter. Some of these actors will be born to die off screen early, but some can play the long game, go quiet and then return. Tom Hiddleston has disappeared for a year, totally off the radar even his own Twitter died [until two days ago] He’s not done one formal interview since last years’ Coriolanus run.

      but, I am no doubt that the next few months will be very interesting indeed.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Really good points here, ‘P’enny–I often forget about the salary difference. Timothy Spall himself has taken his fair share of what must have been ‘in it for the paycheck’ roles, and who could blame him–Mr. Turner is a totally British film, butI bet it mattered a little to the financiers that Spall has some recognition in the US. Even if it’s for playing bespelled animals. He certainly never just phones it in even for the studio films, and I tip my hat to that.

    • MtnRunner says:

      Agree with TB and P’enny, tho’ I have no issue Florence if Tom’s not your cup o’ tea. But he can’t be accused of famewhoring the past year, he’s been too busy working.

      I too am interested in seeing how he deals with all the publicity this year, now that he’s pulled back from promoting himself as much. Time will tell.

    • Josa says:

      He was struggling a bit to find his place in the business back in 2013, not many roles coming his way. Think that’s why he did so much hustling that year. Since then, he’s getting plenty offers. Once he starts not having to worry about getting himself known to directors or casting directors, he eased up significantly on the PR front. Seems to me that he isn’t famewhoring, because it’s not fame that he’s after, it’s just that he needs jobs. Time is different now like ‘P’enny said, it’s the social media era, visibility is a thing. Besides, Actors have to market themselves to their potential employers, just like we normal people have to go networking at industry events to get opportunities. And if you are self-employed freelancer like me, or like any actor, hustling for projects are part of the process.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Josa–he was getting roles, but things kept getting effed up schedule-wise (IMO) Marvel really used and abused him; 80-90% of his promotional efforts were Marvel Dancing Bear appearances. Behind the scenes, things were building for 2014, and that was all for the best. I totally agree about the requirement for networking–EVERY actor (axcept perhaps a Jolie, Clooney, or Pitt) has to do that.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        He had two films, Close Enough and Dark Wings has my Angel fall through. Also, the director of “Snowpiercer” revealed during that film’s very limited PR that Tom was wanted for the role of Curtis after Fassbender turned it down, but he had to reject it because it was scheduled to film the same time as TDW.

  37. TotallyBiased says:

    UNICEF UK fundraiser got a nice bump from his tweet, it seems. Over 10,000 GBP now. He also must have had some impact on the SRF justgiving page–their volunteer staff acknowledged him and attempted to do the same tongue twister he used, to rather hilarious results (there a LOT of diving d*cks in the room, as they did it en masse.)
    These are reasons I really don’t mind that he never tweets save for work or charity.

    • MtnRunner says:

      TB, if he sticks to the kind of tweets that he’s done this week, I’d be a-ok with that.

      I have to admit, I’m kinda worried that he’ll fall back on old habits now that he’s started tweeting again… *nervously rubs hands together*

      • jammypants says:

        I don’t see anything wrong with his old tweets, aside from actually responding individually to fans.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Jammy, I thought some of the old tweets from 2012 – 2013 were kinda ridiculous (i.e. self help book-ish and humble bragging tweets). I realize tho’, 2013 was a slow year for him work-wise and he was promoting the hell outta himself. When he’s hustling for work in a very competitive and fickle industry, I get why he might show up for the opening of an envelope or promote himself in other ways, such as bringing his publicist on his Africa UNICEF trip. Ugh.

        Now that he’s got steady work and has stopped tweeting specifically to fans, I’ve seen that subside in the past 12 – 15 mos. He’s been burned by some of the cray cray fans in the past and has really pulled back in response. It’s good to see him change his tactics as he’s learning how best to deal with his public.

        Personally, I prefer that he promote himself less on twitter, so when the slew of interviews come out around a film release, it generates more excitement.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        MtnRunner–not going to totally disagree with you regarding some of his Twitter activity, but as regards that whole ‘taking his publicist to Africa (Guinea)’ thing which comes up with regularity, I have a few thoughts.
        Given that most people would probably agree Luke Windsor is his friend on an authentic personal level (or at least was, but I’ll go with ‘is’) as well as –professionally–his publicist (and we have no way of knowing which came first, if it matters), I really got the impression at the time that Luke was also a personal connection to Unicef.
        Meaning, the Unicef UK staff that connected up with Tom and made the arrangements for his trip–I think there is/was a personal connection to Luke. Perhaps uni classmates or the like.
        The point of the whole trip was publicity from Unicef’s perspective anyway: why else send a photographer along? I really did get the sense Luke was along honestly as Tom’s friend, and perhaps ready to do some pro-bono pr work for Unicef himself upon their return (getting the blog writings already arranged for and by Unicef into Harper’s, for example. Admittedly good for both Tom and the charity.)
        It’s not like this was an easy vacation, after all. How many publicists would have considered a trip like that part of the job? Unless they were also going along as a friend, a travelling buddy, and maybe just a little moral support.
        I don’t mean to attribute anyone with excessive altruism–these are just some of my musings on the idea that Luke was along as friend first, pr-skill set second. Since his presence on the trip is cited SO OFTEN as evidence of Tom’s excessive shilling.
        /rant 😉

      • MtnRunner says:

        You could be right, TB. I hope you are. I think there’s a very fine between doing something altruistic with the desire to inform and inspire others and doing something good with self-serving motives to look like a saint to other people. While i was glad to see the UNICEF work promoted, it did seem like a publicity stunt to me. But I will add that I thought the blog he posted about his experience there was well written. I think he was sincere in wanting to do something good for the poor, but questioned the way he promoted himself in it.

        I guess i prefer it when celebs do their charity work with little to no fanfare and promote it in a way that keeps them in the background. If it inspires others to give and become more aware of the suffering around the world, I’m happy for that, at least. The b’day fundraiser this week being a good example of that.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        MtnRunner– but that’s the thing: Unicef UK WANTS him for the name, they want articles written by him and pictures of him in the different places, because that’s what the media will publish most widely and that’s what gets public attention. It’s what they need from their “HIgh Profile Supporters”, it’s in the very name. The photographer worked for Unicef, remember? Tom’s not there to ‘work’ digging wells and the like, he’s there to learn about the issues of malnutrition, lack of vaccines, lack of clean water first hand; see how it is affecting these children; AND be SEEN learning about those things, coming back to speak passionately about it so a lot of other people (a LOT of other people) will feel passion about the issues as well–and hopefully open their pocket books a little for Unicef. That, and get trounced playing football with the kids.

        As for the b-day fundraiser, that isn’t his charity work except inasmuch as he inspired it (again, by his high-profile connection to Unicef UK.) It began in late 2012 (I believe) with the intent of running until his 2013 birthday–it really got kicking during his Unicef trip, with donation games based on everything from how many times he might mention something to whether or not he’d wear his darn red plaid shirt.
        Since then there’s the ongoing original donation page plus individual birthday pages each year.
        *HE* hasn’t had anything to do with it except mention it in tweets (whilst saying thank you) a few times–and perhaps in an interview, can’t really remember. Unicef UK themselves have promoted it much more, actually–more tweets and even doing a little contest with this most recent iteration.

        It’s actually kind of impressive–at one point, I tried to total up the Hiddlestoners Have Heart related charities (selling Wendy t-shirts, Free Loki t-shirts: I know some people have issues with these memes, but they raised good money for charity; the Unicef UK/US donation pages; art auctions/sales, et cetera) and it was somewhere north of 60,000 GBP. Wowzers! I *think* that’s nearly a hundred thousand pounds US.D
        And he hasn’t had to really lift a finger, just give the odd word of encouragement every now and then (although I don’t think he mentioned it last year, could be wrong.)

        I think I generally feel actual cash contributions should be private (not sure how I feel about his SRF contribution, but having it actually on their JustGiving page does seem to have inspired fans to make generous donations) but elsewise travel, Living Below the Line, that sort of thing is rather pointless if it isn’t tweeted/vidded/spread as far and wide as possible. If not pointless, at least less effective.

        Now, if you have a cause where you are very specifically making a difference when it comes to law and nation-level aid (ahem Dame Jolie), that’s different. Then what you’re doing is to effect awareness changes on key individuals, not the mass public, and you don’t want too much coverage from mass media. IMO. He may get there, but that isn’t the category he’s in now. And probably won’t be for a long time–but I won’t say never.

      • icerose says:

        @TotallyBiased Luke was the connection with Unicef and he went along as a friend and someone already involved in Unicef. I thought Tom brought a sensitive intelligence to the trip and compared to some star outings it was very low keyed,

      • MtnRunner says:

        Good points ladies. It’s unfortunate that the *friend with the connection to UNICEF* tagging along on the trip was his PUBLICIST. Any other friend wouldn’t have brought on any flak from observers.

      • icerose says:

        I miss his twiiter interactions with other actors, comedians like the double ,bubble toil and trouble one with Colin March I think it was-I love his sense of humour and did get it to some of his songs of the day.

      • jammypants says:

        @mtnRunner, I’m late to the convo, but my thoughts on charity work:

        If celebs do it with little to no fanfare, how will UNICEF get the exposure it needs to get funding to continue doing their work? The whole point of getting someone famous and recognizable is to also bring attention to their fanbase. Now, how many people donate in the name of Tom? Thousands. For his birthday alone, people have donated more money than would be individually achieved. I feel differently about these causes. If it weren’t for Tom, I’m sure his fanbase wouldn’t be half as united in achieving these goals.

        Doing charity work quietly achieves A LOT less. People can’t or don’t help if they are not brought to awareness. Why not in the form of people they idolize? It’s better than not.

        Even if Luke went, more good is being done than bad. I just don’t feel that judgmental. In my mind, all celebs are a bit narcissistic anyways. At least Tom is nice.

      • Josa says:

        Regarding Tom’s birthday fund campaign on Unicef. It started on Nov 17th. I checked the amount of donation on Feb 8th before Tom tweeted about it, it was at less than £5000. After he tweeted, that fund doubled in a matter of days, it’s now at almost £11500. Last year Tom didn’t tweet on his birthday, the fund ended on Feb 10th at around £5000 iirc. This year was supposed to end on Feb 10th too, but donations pour in since his tweet so it’s extended to 14th. Doesn’t matter what people’s view on Tom’s charity involvement, it’s undeniable that he draws attention to the charity. That’s how celebrities function in charity, they help draw attention to cause.

      • MtnRunner says:

        I get what you’re saying Jammy. I hope I made it clear that I don’t have a problem with him promoting charity work and I do see the value to UNICEF to attaching him name to it. What I meant was, I like seeing the evidence of charity work after the fact with the emphasis on raising funds. Tom may have done this; I wasn’t following him back then. I only raised an eyebrow at Luke’s presence on the trip, reasons of which have been explained above thread.

        As Lilac noted below with Julia Roberts, when the celeb seems to be getting more attention than the cause, that’s when I have a problem with it. Though if it raises money, I guess the end justifies the means. Doesn’t mean I’ll respect the celeb for it.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      UNICEF reviews and must approve everyone who goes on a UNICEF trip with a UNICEF ambassador prior to the trip. Also, if during the trip, UNICEF thinks the ambassador is using the event purely for self-promotion purposes, they end the trip and drop the person as a UNICEF ambassador. *cough Julia Roberts cough Haiti*

  38. TotallyBiased says:

    Professional photographer at BAFTAs tweeted this high definition pic and a wee comment about the Man:
    At #Baftas2015, #tomhiddleston was 1 of the most popular stars. Fans went crazy & he spent ages with them as always!

    • MtnRunner says:

      Aww… that’s sweet. I heard he didn’t spend much time signing at Evening Standards (prob running late) so I’m sure the fans were thrilled this time around.

    • jammypants says:

      hey there goodlookin’

    • pixie-stix says:

      Those big blue eyes…
      There’s a video of him posing for photos on the rc and gives a little wink…the camera loves him.

    • 'P'enny says:

      love that photographer! he caught him in the car arriving at the London Theatre Awards and didn’t realise how popular he was till he tweeted that pic. He’s on his bandwagon now!

      He has had that scruff none stop since December, I am beginning to wonder if he is trying to join the Bearded-Marvel club or growing it for TNM? or just giving his skin a break.

      Either way, I bet its soft and bristly and super-nice to touch….. ‘wafts’

  39. Ratherbeme says:

    That scruff just killed me. But it was a pleasant way to go.

    • Allegra says:

      Me too.

      And here is a vídeo from Airun Garky Gallery:
      ‘ Tom Hiddleston is the sweetest man ever. Most of the actors in the event never came back after their interviews and after doing an interview Tom continued signing and taking selfies with fans. ‘

      • MtnRunner says:

        Not to threadjack, but did you see the one that AGG posted of Cumby? I guess he wasn’t so sweet.

      • Allegra says:

        Yes, I saw it. That was pretty bad.
        You know, sometimes I feel sorry for him because 2015 meant to be his year, but right now things went down so quick. I think he is angry, sad and frustrated, but mistreat his fans definitely is not the most appropriate behavior.

      • Josa says:

        You guys see the post AGG made on her website about her whole Bafta red carpet experience? It’s in Spanish so I have to read it thru translator. She has tons of pics of Tom too, he was signing right in front of her. Posting a link here, hope it works.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Wow! It’s hard because machine translation leaves a lot to be desired, but well worth it. Between the article and her pictures, you really LIVE the experience!

      • MtnRunner says:

        I read the AGG post and looks like Tom won the night for her. I’ll admit tho’ I don’t get why it’s worth it to camp out for 17 hrs for pics and autographs. It would be so unsatisfying to me. Maybe I’m just too old to get why that would be worth a weekend of waiting. Enlighten me D’flies. But hey, I’d pay to run for 30+ hrs in the mountains knowing full well the pain, nausea and chafing that await — so who am I to talk?

        Take Tom. I wouldn’t bother making an effort unless there was real interaction. A few minutes of conversation — serious and intelligent or silly and saucy — it wouldn’t matter. Just something substantial or funny that leaves both of us feeling better at the end of it.

        (Still trying to arrange a standing 4p date of afternoon tea with my fantasy bff SWINTON at her house in Scotland. Got a few logistics to work out there…)

      • Darya says:

        I’m with you @mtnrunner, I don’t see the appeal of that kind of mob scene just to get a semi-legible scrawl on a magazine page or a blurry selfie and I doubt if the celebs much enjoy it either – although some are better about embracing the moment than others.

        The “professional” autograph seekers are as bad, or worse, than the paparazzi- at least the photogs can do their job from a reasonable distance. If a dealer wants a celeb to sign their memorabilia they can really get aggressive, and too close for comfort.

      • pixie-stix says:

        @Allegra, thanks for the link – she got some good pics but her experience sounded disappointing save for Tom, who sets the bar high for generously spending time w/fans. Aw, no love from the fans for Mark Ruffalo? I’d like a selfie w/him, he’s a doll.

      • Allegra says:


        You´re welcome!
        Agree with you. It is sad that most people there don’t care about Mark R.
        He really appears to be a sweet and kind person.
        About Tom, it’s nice to see that everybody(fans, photographers, interviewers, event staff) has only good things to say about him.

  40. et alors says:

    Ugh, we have to wait until Tuesday to get the Crimson Peak trailer online.

    • MtnRunner says:

      Tuesday it is then. I could never pay $$ to support the sh*t being dished out in FSOG.

      I’ll be watching Still Alice this weekend. Perhaps I can time my arrival at the cinema to catch the FSOG trailers beforehand.

    • Allegra says:

      Ian_Gibson just tweet::
      “Anyone seeing Fifty Shades of Grey @ @RegalMovies, BEWARE OF CRIMSON PEAK!”

      I really don’t think is a good idea, but Fifty Shades of Grey and CR are adult movies, right?
      And I read that FSOG will open big, so let’s hope that the CP trailer is really good.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Allegra–I think you’ve pegged it, right there. 50 Shades is a) R rated b) expected to open BIG even if it is so terrible as to have no legs and drop off a lot by the second weekend.
        Plus the audience WILL skew female in a demographic that I think Legendary is actively pursuing (cause, hey, they have Tom AND Charlie–plus Jessica Chastain is popular w/females 18-45) So from their point of view it’s the best possible place to start building interest.
        Not to mention, think how GOOD the CP trailer will probably look by comparison 🙂
        In all seriousness, it’s just going to be a teaser trailer this far in advance. But I’m pretty sure Legendary sees this as a no-lose situation for them.
        What else are they going to do, wait until July and put it in front of Magic Mike XXL? 😀

      • MtnRunner says:

        Allegra, I’m all for marketing CP to a broad audience, but I don’t like it’s association with FSOG at all. We all know it’s poorly written and expected to be a ridiculously bad movie. What’s MUCH worse is how it glamorizes emotional and sexual abuse against women. It baffles me that it’s depicted as a date-night, romantic movie, lacking any self-awareness of it’s real message. It teaches impressionable women that pain and humiliation are erotic and teaches men that girls want a guy who controls, intimidates and threatens. It also disregards the experiences of millions of victims of this type of abuse, which never results in a beautiful romance. In response to what is expected to be a big box office weekend for the movie, there’s a call to donate the money for a date night to a women’s shelter instead called #FiftyDollarsNotFiftyShades. Check it out.

        As the mother of a boy and a girl, I’m horrified that this book and movie have captured so much attention, especially in the age of feminism. Anastasia is anything but empowered. Unless their dysfunctional behavior is portrayed for what it really is, I believe it will actively contribute to propagating more abuse of this kind the world and truly believe it’s dangerous. Ideas do matter and they influence behavior in society. I wish CP had nothing to do with this movie and I hope it won’t glamorize the same type of abuse either.

      • pixie-stix says:

        It’s incredible that movie got made to begin with. Charlie Hunnam must have felt a chill up his spine when he learned CP trailer will be shown @ FSOG screenings. I note Marcia Gay Harden and Jennifer Ehle starring in that flick…I guess slim pickings and it’s a gig. @MtnRunner, I didn’t see your reply on the previous post until yesterday, apologies…my eyes were swimming in Tuxedo Tom goodness (still are). I’m going to see Still Alice this weekend as well, really looking forward to it.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        MtnRunner–I am standing on my seat, applauding you, with damp eyes. I hope a lot of people see your words!

    • Allegra says:

      The trailer of CP:

  41. Allegra says:


    Here is the trailer. The quality is not good, but at least is something.
    Enjoy it!

    • MtnRunner says:

      With a peek of Tom and Mia gettin’ in on… del Toro, you big TEASE.

      I’m getting more excited about this film, tho’ I think it’s gonna scare the hell outta me. I’ll probably watch it in the afternoon, on a sunny day, with something fun planned afterwards so I can sleep that night.